https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/surveillance-protection-detection/the-biothreat-after-covid-19-easily-engineered-pathogens-more-zoonotic-outbreaks/

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The Biothreat After COVID-19: Engineered Pathogens, More Zoonotic Outbreaks

Biotech experts cautioned that the next pandemic could be worse than COVID-19 as emerging pathogens increasingly jump from animals to humans, the number of outbreaks grows as government preparedness lags, and nefarious actors can use the same advancements as researchers to “engineer pathogens with increasing sophistication” and “catastrophic” results.

Six months into the national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense held a virtual meeting on “The Biological Event Horizon: No Return or Total Resilience,” recorded a week ago and released Thursday. Formerly known as the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, the group was formed in 2014 and the following year issued the benchmark report National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts.  (See link for article)

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Important excerpt:

Jaime Yassif, a senior fellow in Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, said it is now easier to read, write, and edit DNA and RNA, making it “easier to edit individual genes and genomes for a wide variety of viruses and bacteria including pathogens.”

“You can tinker with a pathogen and make it resistant to existing medical countermeasures,” she said. “…Notwithstanding the fact that there is risk here there are a number of researchers that are actively using these tools to do exactly this to modify and synthesize pathogens.”

I disagree with the author that it’s an issue of climate change.  It is obvious our current problem is due to the results of an uptick in ‘gain of function’ research that has had devastating consequences.  It appears to me ‘authorities’ want to blame a scapegoat (climate change) while they freely continue dangerous research.  I believe this is happening regarding tick and Lyme disease research as well. And while the author wants to blame ‘nefarious actors’, we must include our own government:

The article also wants to blame ‘diseases coming from animals’ when the real problem is what researchers are doing with those diseases in the lab to make them more virulent and impervious to treatment.

There is a quote within the article stating that we need a ‘centralized voice’ consolidating information.  This is a frightening idea as our public ‘authorities’ have not only sold their souls to the highest bidder, they flip flop like a waffle maker and can not be trusted. Facebook, Google, and there platforms are already censoring those they don’t agree with – even experts:

Please considering signing the petition to stop ‘gain of function’ research:  Sign petition here:  https://www.change.org/p/national-institutes-of-health-reinstate-the-global-moratorium-on-gain-of-function-research